The state superior court decided that strict liability applies to old claims of asbestos related injury.
Mesothelioma Cancer News (Washington) – The Washington Supreme Court has made a ruling on an asbestos claims issue. As reported by Andrews Publications, the state’s high court has ruled that strict liability is applicable to claims of asbestos related injuries made prior to 1975, the year a state suppliers standard was adopted.
The Court is quoted in the report as stating in their decision, “Our decisions of law apply retroactively to all litigants not barred by procedural requirements unless we expressly limit our decision to purely prospective application.” The justices are further quoted as writing and affirming that past strict liability claims against an asbestos-containing insulation supplier should have been heard by a trial judge, “[we] have chosen to favor equality of litigants over individual equities.”
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